Brides who consider themselves “unphotogenic,” did you like your wedding photos?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

I’m pretty self-concious about photos. I’ll actively avoid any and all photo ops. I have to have my arm twisted to take family photos. However, I knew wedding photos were going to be pretty important to me (I wanted nice photos to show my future grandbabies), so I knew I had to suck it up. We met with the photographers a couple times, and they pulled out all their tricks to make me feel relaxed about it.

Guess what? Right after the ceremony I was on cloud nine, and it didn’t bother me at all that my photo was being taken.

I absolutely adore my wedding photos, and I don’t think I’ve ever had any other photos where I’ve looked as good or as happy.

 

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m not photogenic and always look at my flaws in pics.  It took over a month for me to stop looking at the flaws in my engagement photos and start liking them. And now I love them.  I’d suggest you do the photos and give yourself time to appreciate them. That’s my goal.  Or just stylize them.  I did that with an app and made it our wedding website pic. 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

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Kristin June :  I’m the most unphotogenic person in my country, possibly in North America. So we didn’t hire a photographer and asked friends to take pictures. Of the several hundred pictures, 5 are fantastic and I loved them. In the remaining pictures, my face looks dumb.

My dreaded “a camera is present” grimace was visible in all the other photos. I was thrilled to have even one photo where I had a nice smile, and I lucked out with five!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

If it’s in your budget, see if you can do a solo session with your photographer to get more comfortable.  Maybe show some example photos and explain why you do t like the way you look in the photo. Ask the photographer to help coach you in some poses that you are happier with – you photograph better from any particular angles or ways to minimize a double chin.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

As someone who loathes being on the “wrong” end of a camera, I find your descriptions and especially your examples, both refreshing and totally charming.

Congrats and Blessings to all of you. You are beautiful and above all, GREAT SPORTS!!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Bee I was afraid of exactly this, I hate all photos of myself and am entirely unphotogenic. We didn’t even have an engagement shoot or anything. But I LOVED all of my wedding photos, I just focused on my new husband and how happy I was, and they all turned out beautifully. To be fair I don’t really like the ones of just me, but I made sure there were very very few of those so it didn’t matter at all. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

Not photogenic here either but I did find about 5 pictures of my pro engagement picture and 5 of my non pro wedding pictures that I did like. So I ended up content 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Your description is TOTALLY me! I’m not very often a fan of pictures of myself. I’m awkward in front of the camera. I don’t enjoy having my photo taken.

But…photos were important to me to have from our wedding. So I sucked it up, found a photographer whose work I love and we got in front of the camera.

It DID feel awkward even with her helping us with what she wanted us to do. Just try and relax and enjoy your time…and try to not feel awkward because even though you will feel strange…it’s what your photographer does all the time and she/he will be used to all sorts of people they take pictures of! 

We got about 75 photos from our photographer for our wedding day and there were literally two of those pictures that I didn’t love myself in them. The rest I will cherish forever. 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Mine are awful! On top of me not being photogenic, the stylist got carried away with hair and makeup and I didn’t stop her in time. My hair and face were all shiny. Shiny! Sadly, D.H. didn’t think the photos are a horror, and now there are giant copies of our wedding pics in our house and our parents’ houses….

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

This is why I got a photojournalist as our wedding photographer. He was really good at blending into the background and most of my favorite pictures are candids. It’s hard to mess up your pose or your face when you didn’t know the picture was being taken! Our posed photos are great too but I can tell they look more forced than when we are genuinely enjoying ourselves.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I didn’t like mine at first because there were quite a few I felt were unflattering – but I got 2,000 edited photos! After some time (just a few weeks), they grew on me. I now LOVE more than 20 pictures, and one of them is my favorite picture of me of all time. It’s hard to understand now, but you might not like all the pictures and that’s okay because they are all still special. There are ones that will be your perfect “profile pic” and others that will mean something more sentimental to you. <3

Post # 14
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Helper bee

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Kristin June :   I am not photogenic. I did practice shots (learning how to be more photogenic) with a professional photographer ahead of time. (I used our wedding photographer. I explained my problem and asked them to show me). I made sure I got my hair and make-up professionally done. I don’t post photos on line but I loved all of photos. There wasn’t a single one I did not like- which was very much a pleasant surprise.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I am the same way. We had engagement pictures taken last month and I was presently surprised. Other than the wind and a shapeless dress making me look heavier, my face (which is what I was worried about) was fine! My Fiance just kept making me laugh which made my smile genuine because I have a tendency to try to hard when posing.  Hopefully we can do the same with the wedding. I tried to just focus on him and not the fact that we were being photographed. 

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